s fleet. The King was told that the attempt was aimed towards killing him so that the rule could eventually pass to the devil. After these confessions, the King personally saw to the trials of the witches and their interrogation processes. Some of the witches were tortured more than others and the King had the idea that women were more easily influenced by demonic powers than men. After the persecution of the North Berwick witches, King James took the subject of witchcraft even more seriously and wanted the same for his subjects. He devised a mechanism to find out whether those accused of witchcraft were guilty or not. He said that they would be made to sail in the sea if the ship drowned it was marked as a symbol of their innocence and if the ship did not drown it would prove that these women were guilty. Therefore, as a matter of fact, there was no escape for those accused, either they would drown as a proof of their innocence or would be killed if they survived their voyage. This shows us how afraid King James was of witchcraft and the threat it posed to him and his rule of Scotland and England, that he wanted to eradicate every spec of the threat to his rule, whether or not it was supported by factual evidence or not. King James I of England.
Allen, Greg Dawson. "The Pursuit of Witches." Leopard Magazine. Print. October 2002.
Mabry, John R. "King James I of England." Pacific Church News. Print. Summer 2009: 30-31.
Merriam-Webster. Demonology. 2010. 23 July 2011.Electronic.
Normand, Lawrence and Gareth Roberts. James VI’s Demonology and the North Berwick Witches. Print. Exeter, England: University of Exeter Press, 2000.
Review Essays. "Scottish Witch Hunts of 1590." Thesis. Print. 2010.
Ryynänen, Timo. "James VI: The Demonologist King." Print. University of Eastern Finland Social Sciences and Economics (2010): 1-39.
Please type your essay title, choose your document type, enter your email and we send you essay samples